Slow Cooker Rotel Dip with Beef


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Make Rotel Dip in your crockpot with Velveeta, ground beef and 2 cans of Rotel Tomatoes. Perfect dip for parties and gameday.

We love a good Velveeta dip like this recipe or my cheeseburger dip or nacho cheese sauce too!

close up of rotel velveeta dip

What is Rotel?

  • Rotel is canned tomatoes with diced green chiles.
  • There are different varieties of Rotel such as Original, Hot, Mild, No Salt added and Fire-Roasted. Use whatever variety you like, my store only had the no salt variety due to low stock on items.
tostito chops, velveeta, 2 cans of rotel, package of ground beef and seasonings in front of slow cooker

How to make Rotel Dip:

  • 2 cans of Rotel – Yes! two cans, if you only use one you will have a dip that is too thick.
  • Velveeta cheese – A small 1 lb. box.
  • Seasonings – I use chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Ground beef – cooked, crumbled, and drained before adding to the slow cooker.
cubes of velveeta in rotel and crumbled ground beef

How long do I cook?

  • Place the lid on the slow cooker.
  • Cook on HIGH for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
melted velveeta in slow cooker with ground beef and rotel

Can I use sausage instead of ground beef?

  • Ground sausage is great in this recipe!
  • I like to use 1 pound of Jimmy Dean Breakfast sausage.
spoon in rotel dip in slow cooker

How can I make this less spicy?

  • Rotel tends to be spicy, be sure to use “Mild” if you have any aversion to spicy food.
  • Alternatively, you can use mild salsa instead of Rotel.

How can I thin my dip after it’s been on the warm setting for too long?

  • The dip will thicken with time if left on the warm setting for a length of time while serving.
  • Add a splash of milk to thin the dip.
chip with rotel velveeta dip on it.

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Rotel Dip

4.62 from 18 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Cheesy dip with rotel, velveeta and ground beef. Perfect for any game day feast!

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 16 oz. Velveeta cheese, this is the smaller box
  • 20 oz. Rotel® diced Tomatoes with & Green Chiles, (TWO 10-oz. cans) DO NOT DRAIN
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

For serving

  • corn chips
  • chopped cilantro, optional

Instructions 

  • Set a large skillet over medium high heat on the stove top. Brown and crumble the ground beef, drain the fat.
  • Add the cooked ground beef to the slow cooker, cube the velveeta and add on top of the beef.
  • Pour over the can of rotel and sprinkle over the chili and garlic powder. Stir.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours or until cheese is melted and the dip is hot.
  • Keep on warm while serving.

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Notes

How can I make this less spicy?
  • Rotel tends to be spicy (even the original style), be sure to use “Mild” if you have any aversion to spicy food.
  • Alternatively, you can use mild salsa instead of Rotel.
Can I use sausage instead of ground beef?
  • Ground sausage is great in this recipe!
  • I like to use 1 pound of Jimmy Dean Breakfast sausage.
How can I thin the dip after it’s been on the warm setting for too long?
  • The dip will thicken with time if left on the warm setting for a length of time while serving.
  • Add a splash of milk to thin the dip.
Nutritional values are approximate and do not not include chips or cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 239mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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55 Comments

  1. Mariah says:

    5 stars
    How can I take this to a party? Cook on high for 2 hours at home then just bring the crockpot and put on warm at the party?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes! That is what I do. If it thickens up too much add a touch of milk or water at the party.

  2. Anonymous says:

    5 stars
    Love this.

  3. Deshon says:

    5 stars
    Does 2 cans help with the thickness?? I’ve always use one can and it gets pretty thick and I end up using splashes of milk!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes! That’s why I add 2 cans.

      1. Stacey L Smith says:

        4 stars
        Instead of 2 cans, we add some salsa and some salsa con queso to it and it’s amazing and not too thick

  4. devon says:

    drain the rotel first or no?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      No, do not drain.

    2. Rondo says:

      Uh… Read The Recipe!

  5. J says:

    5 stars
    Doubled the recipe to make more. How can I help the thickness?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Leave the lid off. It will thicken up quick.

  6. Karen Prentiss says:

    3 stars
    I used Italian sausage and cooked it like Burger first and then I put it in. Lots of more spice the hotter the better. It was absolutely a big hit. You can put bread pieces on the side crackers or tortillas it was yummy and I also put a little bit of sour cream in mine or cream cheese not much just a little yum yum. And I top it with cilantro which I love enjoy

  7. Laura says:

    I’ve been making this dip over 30 yrs but I use 1lb ground beef to one pound veleveta and 1 can rotel mild. That’s it, nothing else. Makes for a great low carb dip if you use pork rinds instead of tortillas. I also cook the ground beef, drain, then add the Rotel and sautee, then melt the cheese in the microwave, pour hot beef mixture on top and mix. Saves having to clean out a crock pot. Always goes over great at parties!

  8. Delisa says:

    5 stars
    This is my new favorite. Its quick and easy. I actually don’t like how the Velveeta tastes in this recipe, so I use the Walmart brand cheese, it is much milder and makes it much more delicious to me. Thank you for this recipe.

    1. Robin says:

      What Wal-Mart cheese are you talking about? I don’t like Velveeta Cheese ..

  9. Darlene Moore says:

    Can I microwave the dip

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes! I believe you’ll want to stop it a few times to stir. I personally would add the meat after I’ve melted the cheese so it doesn’t get that over microwaved meat taste.

  10. Kathi says:

    4 stars
    Always a football day staple, best dip ever.